Framing infront of Steel Enforcing Beams


Old 05-23-05, 11:19 PM
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Question Framing infront of Steel Enforcing Beams

I've just started framing my basement, and the house had been re-enforced years back by a previous owner with Steel Beams, and a tention Rod from Top Left, to Bottom Right on the wall. The Steel beams run about every 5 Feet. Due to the Steel Rod going in front of the beams I can't frame between the beams in sections. What I've currently done is started framing infront of the steel beams, but this leaves about a 5 inch gap between the foundation wall, and the walls Im putting up.

I was told if I poly the backside, then insulate, it should be ok. Im just wondering how much the open air space is going to effect me. (Winter time I can get temperatures dropping down as low as 40 Celcius) (Canadian)

I've never done any of this before, so Just looking for some insight.

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Old 05-24-05, 10:43 AM
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hi 5/8 air gap should be ok

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